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Businesses in MB could get a slight boost from bikers

By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Some businesses in Myrtle Beach could see a slight boost from bikers compared to last year.

A small amount of bikers who protested the area last year because of rules, such as a law requiring them to wear helmets, are slowly trickling back into Myrtle Beach. Business owners, however, said the numbers are still down compared to two years ago.

Greg Coulten said he will continue to come to Myrtle Beach because he likes the city.

"We are going up to the mall and probably just dinner and hang out by the beach," he said. "They are not going to throw us out if we have anything to say about it, helmet law or no helmet law."

Gary Romine explained how he didn't take part in the rally last year because of Myrtle Beach's rules, but this year he had a change of heart.

The manager of Mammy's Kitchen, Michelle Lambert, said the restaurant hasn't pulled in as many customers since the rules took effect.

"It's affected us quite a bit. Our numbers have dropped significantly in the past two years," Lambert explained.   

At this point, some business owners said they are crossing their fingers and waiting to see if this upcoming weekend will give their bottom lines a boost.

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